Specialty Polymers for Automotive

Solvay’s unique portfolio of high-performance solutions for the Automotive industry

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Aromatic Polymers
Polyketones, Aromatic
  • AvaSpire® PAEK
  • KetaSpire® PEEK
  • Torlon® PAI
Polyphenylene Sulfide
  • Ryton® PPS
Sulfone Polymers
  • Radel® PPSU
  • Veradel® PESU
  • Udel® PSU
Liquid Crystal Polymers
  • Xydar® LCP
Polyamides, Aromatic
  • Amodel® PPA
  • Ixef® PARA
Fluoropolymers
Fluorinated Fluids
  • Fomblin® PFPE
Fluorinated Elastomers
  • Tecnoflon® FKM
Fluoropolymers
  • Halar® ECTFE
  • Solef® PVDF
  • Algoflon® PTFE
  • Polymist® PTFE
  • Hyflon® PFA/MFA®

Automotive Solutions

Air Induction Systems

Amodel® PPA Outperforms Conventional Nylons

With a heat deflection temperature of 280°C (536°F) and continuous-use temperature up to 210°C (410°F), Amodel® polyphthalamide (PPA) can take the heat in under-the-hood applications that are too demanding for conventional nylons and polyesters. This allows charge air cooler (CAC) housings, airflow valves, throttle bodies and other components molded from Amodel PPA to maintain their high strength and stiffness along with excellent creep and fatigue resistance when exposed to high heat and thermal cycling.

Key Features

  • Excellent mechanical properties over a broad range of operating temperatures and pressures
  • Continuous use up to 210°C (410°F)
  • Excellent resistance to automotive fluids, cleaners and road salts
  • Low moisture absorption
  • Excellent dimensional stability

Typical Applications

  • CAC Hot Air Ducts
  • CAC Housings
  • Diesel Airflow Valves
  • EGR Valves & Housings
  • Throttle Bodies
  • Turbocharger Housings

Learn more about Amodel® PPA for Automotive

Wear-Resistant Plastics for Turbocharger Components

Turbocharger bushings, seal rings and other internal components are some of the most demanding applications in air induction systems. They must withstand extreme temperatures, wear, loads and aggressive chemicals in lubricated and non-lubricated environments over a wide range of critical pressures and velocities.
 
Wear-resistant grades of Torlon® PAI and KetaSpire® PEEK are formulated to give you just the right combination of mechanical and tribological properties to effectively replace metal in high-temperature friction and wear applications.
 
For comparable PEEK performance with up to 30% lower cost, consider our new wear-resistant AV-700 grades of AvaSpire® PAEK.
 
Key Features
  • Long-term use from 120-265°C (248-509°F)
  • Short-term use up to 280°C (536°F)
  • Lubricated and non-lubricated environments
  • Self-lubricating for longer life
  • Lighter weight and less noise than metals
  • Non-corrosive and non-galling
 
Typical Applications
  • Bearing Retainers
  • Bushings
  • Compressor Wheels
  • Isolation Disks
  • Seal Rings

Learn more about Spire® Ultra Polymers for Automotive

Cooling and Heating Systems

Amodel PPA Delivers Full-Size Performance for Down-Sized Engines

Amodel® polyphthalamide (PPA) is a semi-aromatic polyamide that has successfully replaced die-cast aluminum in engine coolant systems for over 15 years. This high-performance polyamide offers fundamental performance advantages over conventional polyamides due to its aromatic nature and is routinely used to replace metal in under-the-hood applications where heat, humidity and chemical resistance are major considerations.

Learn more about Amodel® PPA for Automotive

Corrosion Protection

Diofan® PVDC Corrosion Protection for Automotive, Railway, Agricultural and Construction Machinery Parts

Thanks to its unrivalled low moisture and water permeability, single coats or primers based on Diofan® PVDC Dispersions exhibit outstanding corrosion resistance, even in the most severe environments. Diofan® based anticorrosive coating formulations enable cost efficient, reliable protection for automotive underbody and part coatings as well as for components in railway, agricultural, construction machinery and many other applications.

Diofan® binders provide excellent early water resistance, with overall performance equivalent to that obtained from traditional high performance solvent based paint systems (salt spray performance > 1000 h). Diofan® dispersions help in the formulation of highly technical, one-pack, water-based paints which are better for both health and the environment.

This low VOC dispersion (<100 ppm) allowing for the production of anticorrosion systems compliant with European and local regulations, notably those related to VOCs.

Learn more about Diofan® PVDC

Drivetrain Systems

High-Temperature Plastics for Long-Lasting Performance

Solvay's portfolio of Specialty Polymers offers a broad range of high-performance plastics with a proven track record of replacing metal in demanding automotive applications:

  • Torlon® PAI delivers high strength and excellent wear resistance
  • KetaSpire® PEEK provides very good wear resistance
  • AvaSpire® PAEK offers very good wear resistance and is more cost effective than PEEK
  • Amodel® PPA the most cost effective with good wear resistance

Learn more about Specialty Polymers for Drivetrain Systems

Electrical/Electronics Systems

Increased system complexity, higher operating and processing temperatures along with reduced weight allowances and overcrowded engines have made material selection a critical factor. Solvay’s broad selection of high-performance plastics can help you meet these challenges.

 Semi-Crystalling PolymersSulfone Polymers
 Amodel® PPAXydar® LCPUdel® PSUVeradel® PESU
Bobbins
Connectors 
Engine control units   
Fuses 
Housingss 
LEDs  
Lighting sockets 
Motor brush holders   
Motor end caps   
Relays   
Sensors
Solenoids   
Switches 

Learn more about Specialty Polymers for Auto E/E Systems

Fuel Systems

Improve Fuel Economy & Reduce Emissions

High-Temperature Components

Amodel® PPA is compatible with a wide variety of fuel blends and thrives in the much hotter, confined and stressed environments created by today’s engines.

Multi-Layer Extrusion

Ixef® PARA is enabling a new technology designed to help small engine fuel tank manufacturers more cost-effectively meet CARB and EPA standards.

Optimal Pipes, Tubes and Hoses

Algoflon® DF powders are used for pipes and tubings for fuel transport in automotive systems with exceptional performance:

Solef® PVDF qualities of impermeability and chemical resistance recommend their use in automotive fuel transport systems. A layer of Solef® PVDF within the construction of a multi-layer fuel line enhances the strength, permeation resistance and durability of the hose.

High Performance Seals

Tecnoflon® fluoroelastomers offer resistance to the most aggressive fuel mixtures while providing excellent properties for the lowest permeation. Tecnoflon® FKM grades have been designed to cover a broad operating temperature range: -40°C to +250°C. Applications include O-rings, fuel line quick-connect seals, fuel sender unit seals, fuel host connectors and fuel cap seals.


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Interiors

Polymer Additives

Fluorolink® PFPE fluorinated additives and modifiers for vulcanized elastomers improve the slip properties of elastomeric compounds and surface properties reducing or eliminating interior noises and squeaks, the stick/slip phenomenon in weatherstripping, components that require low insertion forces and sliding components.

Learn more about Fluorolink® PFPE

Lubrication

Fomblin® PFPE High Performance Lubricants

Fomblin® PFPE fluorinated fluids are high performance lubricants with exceptional properties such as:

  • Fuel compatibility
  • Low evaporation weight loss
  • Low noise
  • High viscosity index
  • Anti-wear properties
  • No carbonized residue formation
  • Very long service life at high and low temperatures (-40°C to 150°C)
  • Satisfying Extended Warranties - Components must be designed for lifetime lubrication
  • Exceptional low temperature starting torque
  • Compatibility with plastics, metals and elastomers commonly used in automotive design
  • Elimination of NVH (Noise, Vibration, Harshness)
  • Not affected by most automotive solvents, oils, fluids and gases
  • Oxidation and thermal stability

Applications

  • Air Induction Systems
  • Fan & Radiator Lubrication for Cooling & Heating Systems
  • Contact Lubrication for E/E systems
  • Fuel system mechanical and hydraulic components
  • Mechanical components

Learn more about Fomblin® PFPE Lubricants

Mechanical & Structural Components

Lightweight Plastics Reduce Cost and Fuel Consumption

More to Offer than Metal

  • Lighter weight lowers fuel consumption
  • Parts consolidation reduces labor and process costs
  • Molded net shapes eliminate secondary operations
  • Excellent chemical and corrosion resistance without painting or coating
  • Maintain or improve performance in extreme environments


 Aromatic PolyamidesSpire® Ultra Polymers
 Ixef® PARAAmodel® PPAAvaSpire® PAEKKetaSpire® PEEKTorlon® PAI
Exteriors    
Interiors    
Brake Systems    
Suspension & Hydraulics 
Drivetrain 

Self Lubricating Bearing Surfaces

High performance films made of POM, POM/PTFE, PEEK, PBT, PA 4,6 are widely used as self lubricating bearing surfaces, thanks to their unique properties:

  • Abrasion/wear resistance and low maintenance
  • Close tolerance film for even wearing (+/- 3%)
  • Custom surface finishes for specific applications

Key Applications

  • Power steering
  • Steering gear
  • Seat slides

Learn more about Ajedium™ Films

Algoflon® PTFE dispersions find application in coagulation processes, especially co-coagulation with fillers in the production of mechanical components such as bearings and seals for automotive.

Processing methods are those used for conventional co-coagulation technology. A wide range of articles can be obtained, all of them combining the premium properties of PTFE such as lowest coefficient of friction, chemical inertness and stability at high temperatures, together with improved mechanical and wear resistance.

Learn more about Algoflon PTFE dispersions

Wire & Cable

Jacket and Primary Insulation

Sophisticated control and sensing systems have stringent demands for their cabling which only fluoropolymers can deliver. Solvay offers Hyflon® PFA/MFA®, Halar® ECTFE and cross-linkable grades of Solef® PVDF.

For applications such as automotive push-pull cables, Hyflon® MFA® offers:

  • High temperature resistance
  • Chemical resistance
  • Smooth surface properties

For over-cable jacketing applications and primary conductor insulation, Algoflon® DF PTFE fine powders shows:

  • Outstanding chemical inertness
  • Outstanding thermal resistance
  • Excellent electrical properties
  • Non-stick characteristics in a wide range of temperatures from cryogenic to 260°C
  • Non-flammable materials

Learn more about Specialty Polymers for Wire & Cable